Former print media geek turned video geek.
I wasn't aware of the Tascam product, but hope they will make it available in the US market. Tascam has been improving preamps in their low-end gear, and the DC-10c could be targeted to professionals.
There are a lot of "preditors" (producers/editors) who shoot AND edit their films. A lot of shooters aren't comfortable with letting someone else edit their work, so I have been wondering how to find editing work, too. I hope others have suggestions and keep this thread going.
The 12-35 lens is my most frequently used lens. Good image quality, relatively fast at f2.8, decent zoom range (albeit short), fairly fast focus, and excellent stabilization (be sure to update the lens firmware). The only flaw with this lens is that it is not constant aperture when zooming. In spite of it being advertised as such, it flickers when zooming. Regardless, I use this lens a LOT.
Its great to see these devices evolving! Now if we could just get the FAA to evolve a bit so we can fly with less restrictions, life would be good...very good.
Keeping focus with a shallow depth of field is tough, so for those shots consider a deeper DOF. Shooting with a wide lens can also help. Of course, these options may not give you the look you are seeking.
+1 for the Oscar Sound Tech lav mics. Very affordable, and they are a noticeable improvement over the stock lav mics that come with the Sennheiser G3 wireless system.